Mónika Baár


Curriculum vitae. 1

Education. 1

Major academic honors, scholarships, fellowships. 1

Publications. 1

Research Project. 1



Curriculum vitae


- Date and place of birth: 29.06.1972, Budapest, Nationality: Hungarian

- Current status: Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, (Knowledge and Belief Project, 2003-2005)



1997-2002: Brasenose College, University of Oxford, PhD

1996-1997: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London, MA in Slavonic and East European Studies

1995-1996: Central European University, Budapest MA in Central European History

1990-1996: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, MA in Literature and Linguistics,

MA in History

1994 University of Vienna, Visiting Student (Aktion Öesterreich-Ungarn scholarship)

1993 University of Vilnius, Visiting Student (Peregrinatio Scholarship)


Major academic honors, scholarships, fellowships

2003, April-June: Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra

2002/2003: Junior Fellowship for 5 months, Collegium Budapest,

2002, June-August: Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies

2001 Fall: Research Fellowship, Herder -Institut, Marburg

2000-2001: Research Fellowship, King’s College, London, History Department

1997-2000: Scatcherd European Scholarship, University of Oxford





Articles for the Encyclopaedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 (Fitzroy-Dearborn Publishers, 2004) on Joachim Lelewel (Vol. II.,pp. 662-3) and Maurycy Mochnacki (Vol II. pp. 751-52); ‘Öt történész’, in: 2000, Part I.: 2003/April, 58-68, Part II.: 2003 May, pp.60-73; The ‘Intellectual Horizons of Liberal Nationalism in Hungary: The Case of Mihály Horváth (1809-1878)’, in: B. Trencsényi et alii (eds.): Nation-Building and Contested Identities. Romanian & Hungarian Case Studies. Regio Books-Budapest, Editura-Polirom Iasi, 2001, pp. 21-42; ‘Simonas Daukantas’, in: Keresztirányok, Balassi, Budapest, 2000, pp.157-171; ‘Mit ér az ember ha ruritán’ (original English version: ‘Abraham Viskaski, the Patriarch of the Ruritanian Nation’, in: 2000 , 1998 July/August, pp. 72-86; ‘Az én Közép-Európám’, in: 2000, 1998 July/August, pp. 96-104; ‘Povijest XX. Stoljeca prozivlje na u jednom zivotu’ , in: ZOR -casopis za knjizevnost i kulturu (Croatia), 2 (1996), 2/3, pp.273-302; work in progress: The Historian and the Nation in the 19th Century: the Case of East-Central Europe, (Oxford Monograph Series).



Research Project

Classical studies and accounts of ethnogeneses in 19th historiography


I wish to contribute to the project with the study of the role which various versions of antiquity played in the formation of the views on national origins in Romantic historiography. My analysis will be based mainly but not exclusively on the oeuvre of East-Central European historians, whose national histories were heavily indebted to the intellectual heritage of the Enlightenment. They exploited the works of classical authors (especially Tacitus) for the purposes of their national narrative. In parallel, relying on the achievements of comparative philology, they appealed to an oriental version of antiquity, i.e. that of the common Indo-European origins. Finally, yet another, a substitute version of antiquity also played a role in their arguments: the identification with an archaic Nordic and/or Scythian tradition.  My aim is to examine  the strategies through which these layers of antiquity were forged into a coherent narrative.